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Why waste money sustaining killers?

In economic times like these, why would any government want to repeal the death penalty ("Deciding death penalty," Feb. 17)?

I'm fairly certain that those who commit crimes worthy of capital punishment know that they may be put to death if they commit the crime. So why should citizens of Maryland pay to keep people with no regard for human life alive in prison for perhaps 50 or 60 years?

I'm also very certain that our governor could make better use of his time than by trying to rally support to protect the rights of murderers while the people of Maryland are losing their houses and jobs.

It's obvious that our tax dollars are better spent on hardworking, law-abiding citizens than on supporting monsters who want to derail our sense of safety and security.

Mike Andrews, Baltimore

Let voters determine fate of death penalty

I read Casper R. Taylor Jr.'s column in Tuesday's Baltimore Sun in which he said that "the majority of Marylanders agree" that life in prison without possibility of parole is a better alternative to the death penalty ("Correct a terrible mistake," Commentary, Feb 17).

But another article in the same paper states, "A poll this year showed that more than half of Marylanders support the death penalty" ("Deciding death penalty," Feb. 17). That runs counter to Mr. Taylor's claim, doesn't it?

I hope the question of whether to repeal the death penalty goes to the voters so people will stop making erroneous claims that most Marylanders oppose the death penalty. They don't.

D. Keith Henderson, White Marsh

Kiefaber owed credit for theater's survival

Baltimore needs more brave warriors like Senator Theatre owner Tom Kiefaber ("Instead of Senator bailout, try free-market solution," Feb. 16). Who else would have had the stamina, courage and drive to fight such an uphill battle over so many years to save this historic theater?

The truth is that without Mr. Kiefaber, this gem would already be long gone. Mr. Kiefaber has also championed and assisted many community causes and events, including the Baltimore Jewish Film Festival.

We owe Mr. Kiefaber a huge debt of gratitude.

Claudine Davison, Baltimore

The writer is the director of the Baltimore Jewish Film Festival.

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